Sony will soon unveil its new flagship smartphone, which is believed to be named Xperia 1 IV. Here’s everything we know about it so far, from the camera to the CPU and more.
We named the Sony Xperia 1 III “one of the most interesting phones” we tested in 2021, and it was named one of the best Android phones of the year. No wonder there is so much anticipation around the release of its sequel: Sony Xperia 1 IV.
In the next article, we’ve gathered all the available information about the device before launching it, so read on to learn what it can be fourth– coming from Sony – including the latest rumors about camera technology, internal specifications and much more.
Sony Xperia 1 IV will be launched May 11, 2022.
The following statement was made from the official Sony Xperia Twitter account, an annoying “exciting message” from the flagship range of smartphones:
You can follow the live launch as it happens by tuning in YouTube channel of Sony Xperiawhere the event will start at 8 am British time.
This start date seems to fit roughly into the pattern set by previous entries in the series, as you can see below:
One thing to keep in mind is that you may still not be able to purchase devices a few months after they are released; after all, the Xperia 1 III was not available until August – amazing four months after it was announced.
In the promotional material, as shown above, Sony wants to highlight the achievements of previous models in the range and promised that the fourth record in the series will be developed “to the next level”. Read on to see if this is really true, based on all the leaked information we have known so far.
Price and availability
The best information we received about the price was published just hours before the main event by SnoopyTech.
According to this Twitter source, the Sony Xperia 1 IV will be priced at € 1299 (~ $ 1475 / £ 1195), which would be a significant increase of € 100 compared to its predecessor. Meanwhile, the middle-class alternative of the same series, the Xperia 10 IV, will cost just 499 euros.
One thing that sets Sony’s latest smartphone set apart from its competitors, perhaps more than anything else, is their rather distinctive design. With an aspect ratio of 21: 9, which is designed to be ideal for enjoying widescreen content, and retaining a 3.5mm headphone jack and SD card slot for expandable storage, it’s clear why it has won over loyal fans.
However, according to the fruitful expiring The Galox, something important in this design may change with the arrival of the next iteration of the series. Without further details other than “improved design”, we’ll just have to keep an eye out for new rumors before launch, but that hints at an unexpected change.
That’s what the trusted advisor said on Twitter @OnLeaks has released some renderings of the new device in connection with GizNextwhich seems to confirm that the Xperia 1 IV will remain similar to the tests established by its predecessors.
Weibo source (via Checking the notebook) provided us with some potentially important information about the camera system of Sony’s next smartphone: the ultra-wide sensor seems to be completely unchanged, but both the telephoto lens and the main wide-angle camera are set to receive improvements.
In our review, we described the ultra-wide sensor of the Sony Xperia 1 III as “good, if not as sharp as some of the competition”, so maybe we hope this will be reconsidered. However, our most pressing request would be for the Xperia 1 IV to improve its shooting in low light conditions, which lags behind the standards of its leading counterparts, so there is still hope that we will see a significant improvement in this department.
Even before the launch, Sony did not shy away from moving this new camera system; The video above features influencer Pierre Lambert, who claims that the new phone feels “like you have a big optical lens in your hand with a great camera.” This is especially true with the zoom camera, so this is the area where we can see the most significant improvement compared to other lenses.
In addition to the improvements to the rear camera, additional rumors have indicated that the selfie camera will be increased to 12-megapixel resolution, compared to the camera with 8-megapixel resolution, which you will find on the Xperia 1 III.
All previous Sony flagships have packed Qualcomm’s latest high-end Snapdragon chipset, so it’s no surprise to hear that the same treatment is expected for the Xperia 1 IV.
Apparently the new flagship will come with the built-in Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, so it should be able to deliver powerful performance; on top of that it says it boasts a minimum of 12GB of RAM and a maximum of 16GB.
In the pre-launch trailer above, Sony hinted that mobile gamers would be particularly pleased with the upcoming improvements, citing PUBG pro Xifan Wu, who said, “Now I can broadcast live while playing, sharing every move, nothing something else.”
Another key specification for which we received early information is the battery and some of the biggest improvements can be found here. It is reported that the capacity will not only increase (from 500 mAh to a generous total of 5000 mAh), but it seems that the charging system will also receive major repairs. This time we can expect 45W fast charging (instead of 30W), as it is believed that the device also supports wireless charging Qi.
However, the disadvantage of these improvements is that, according to reports, the Xperia 1 IV will not be available with a charging brick at all, following the precedent set by Apple and Samsung. So, if you want to get the most out of this 45 W charging hearing power, you’ll probably need to look for a new charger on top of the cost of your phone.